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Quinta do Crasto - Touriga Nacional 2011

Information

  • Country: Portugal
  • Wine Region: Douro
  • Wine Maker: Dominic Morris and Manuel Lobo
  • Grape: Touriga
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 20027
Duty/Vat Paid
Bin End Limited Stock: (6 btls)
WA: 95 (2011) JR: 17 (2012) WS: 95 (2012) WE: 93 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

Dark, almost black colour. Very intense varietals aromas of fresh blueberries, dark red forest fruits, violets, and black cherry jam fruits compliment lifted cigar box and tobacco leaf aromas resulting in a very complex aroma. Powerful attack. Full bodied wine with superb tannin, acid and fruit balance. Intense wild forest berry fruits, integrated oak and spice contribute to its impressive palate structure and length.

Winery Information

Quinta do Crasto

Situated on an outcrop of rock on the north bank of the river Douro, half-way between Regua and Pinhao, Quinta do Crasto is arguably the finest estate for the production of red wine in Portugal. There is great strength in depth throughout, from the Douro Red which regularly wins accolades for its exceptional value-for-money, up to the iconic single vineyard wines from century-old vines. Everything is hand harvested from vineyards owned by the Roquette family, many over 70yrs of age and plenty.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)95 pts

Wine Advocate # 212. Feb 2014. Reviewer : Mark Squires. The 2011 Touriga Nacional was sourced from two plots, each of which was fermented separately. The southern plot was aged in medium toast, new French oak for 16 months. The northern plot was aged in light toast, new French oak for 18 months. The final blend was a barrel selection between the two. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. As I often say, this may be the best performance yet with this bottling. For me, I want Touriga that is graceful in the mid-palate (compare the burlier Tinta Roriz here), built to age, and crisp and aromatic, without going overboard. This seems to handle all of the above, although #2, ageworthiness, isn?t likely to imitate the stern and powerful products we often see in Dao. Its only flaw is temporary ? a bit too much oak showing just now. That was pretty much cured simply by holding it until the next day. A few years of cellaring should resolve that easily. It feels full in the mouth on first attack, and then becomes remarkably graceful. Harmonious and impeccably balanced, it has a fresh feel, with well-integrated tannins and balanced aromatics, even though it is beautifully fragrant. It has none of the nose-wrinkling qualities Touriga can get if it goes overboard or becomes overripe and a bit funky. It is just floral and delightful. With some 3 hours of aeration, it woke up and showed wonderfully sensual expressiveness. I had some early reservations. That ended them. It was lovely, fresh and crisp the next day as well. There were 9,300 bottles produced. Drink 2016-2027.

JancisRobinson.com (2012)17 pts

Tasted Mar '15 - 31-year-old vines. Foot trodden in lagares, fermented in open steel tanks with auto-pigeage. 16 months in new French oak. Unnecessarily heavy bottle. Dark purplish crimson. Violets and blueberries, sweet and rich and perfumed. Sweetness of fruit but balanced by the savoury character from the oak spice and the Douro's terroir. Finesse and length and not OTT with Touriga Nacional characteristics, which can be overwhelming. More refined and elegant than the Tinta Roriz and overall better balance between fruit and oak, and the alcohol is less noticeable. There's more finesse to the tannins too – firm but very fine. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2012)95 pts

July '15 - Big and rich, this is full of Asian spice notes that are woven between ripe dark plum, blackberry and dried blueberry flavors. Chocolate mousse accents linger on the long, creamy finish, with some savory hints. Complex. Drink now through 2022. 775 cases made. ?KM

Wine Enthusiast (2011)93 pts

This is a very fine wine with its dense tannins and concentrated black fruits. It is a structured wine that shows the intimate connection between Touriga Nacional and the tough growing conditions of the Douro. Its fruit and its firm core all point to aging. Drink from 2018. — R.V. (10/1/2014)

Vinification Notes

Fermentation takes place in open temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for one week. Matured in new Frenchoak barrels.